Planting Kansas Pink!

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is planting Kansas pink! Plant It Pink is the grassroots campaign to help celebrate breast cancer survivors, honor those we have lost to the disease, and join forces to fight against cancer by working with Congress to protect funding of the cancer research that leads to breakthrough treatments.

Through the campaign, ACS CAN hopes to sell and plant at least 2,000 boxes of Pink Impression tulip bulbs in Kansas to represent the approximate number of women in the state who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. By joining ACS CAN for $20, people will receive a membership plus 10 Darwin hybrid tulips imported from Holland. The bulbs will be available for pick up or shipping and then planting in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Businesses, churches and organizations are encouraged to sponsor and purchase Plant It Pink tulips in bulk. Plans for a 5 x 3.5 ft. pink ribbon garden will be provided with bulk orders, so pink tulip gardens may be planted on the grounds of businesses, churches, parks and other locations across the state. Next spring, the tulips will bloom and remind everyone of the importance of breast cancer awareness, early detection and the steps ACS CAN is taking to ensure that all women have access to the lifesaving mammograms and cancer screenings they need.

ACS CAN is the nonprofit, non-partisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society. ACS CAN works to promote state and federal initiatives such as the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, called Early Detection Works in Kansas, which helps deliver lifesaving cancer tests to those who cannot afford them.

“The work of ACS CAN is allowing thousands of women access to the lifesaving cancer screenings they need,” says Sue Jirkovsky-Landers, a longtime Society volunteer in Kansas and breast cancer survivor. “I wouldn’t be here without the mammogram that found my breast cancer.”

“Early detection has the power to save many lives lost to breast cancer each year,” Landers says. “And with each tulip planted, we are honoring those who have faced breast cancer while also remembering the fight that is still before us.”

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Each year in the U.S., breast cancer is diagnosed in more than 226,000 women and 2,100 men, and it takes 40,000 lives. About 12,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year and more than 4,200 women lose their lives. Despite increased awareness of the importance of early detection for these cancers, millions of underinsured and uninsured people across the country do not have access to these lifesaving screenings.

Plant It Pink in your community! To join ACS CAN and order your Plant It Pink tulips, visit plantitpink.org or call 800.359.1025. Tulips will arrive in early October. Order while supplies last, limited quantities available.

Staff at Tallgrass Surgery Center in Topeka admire their pink ribbon tulip garden that bloomed this spring from Plant It Pink tulip bulbs.

Staff at Tallgrass Surgery Center in Topeka admire their pink ribbon tulip garden that bloomed this spring from Plant It Pink tulip bulbs. by Jill Sittenauer

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